Rival Heathrow terminal bid to scope out invasive species impacts rejected

A developer’s rival bid to expand Heathrow has been told that it must take into account the potential for the spread of invasive species such as Japanese knotweed on site, as well as expand its study range to assess impacts on important flora and fauna.

Hotel operator Arora Group wants to compete with the existing airport operator’s expansion plan.

The Planning Inspectorate published its scoping opinion for the proposed airport terminal hub yesterday, on behalf of the secretary of state. The project will be decided via the Planning Act 2008 regime for nationally significant infrastructure projects.

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